Charlie Gray is an extremely brave survivor of the devastating 9/11 twin towers terrorist attacks, who now uses his experience as a force for good, inspiring others to value life through his motivational speeches.
On the 11th September 2001, Charlie was working on the 26th floor of the iconic World Trade Centre, North Tower, putting him at the centre of the horrific attack that changed his life and the world forever. He recalls witnessing the incredible bravery of the emergency service and remembers the tragic loss of life, as well as highlighting those who have suffered long-term health issues because of the trauma and toxins they were exposed to.
In this inspiring interview with booking agent Mark Matthews, Charlie openly speaks about his own battles with mental health and encourages others to do the same. If you want to promote a more compassionate working environment to ensure emotional wellbeing in your workplace, then get in touch with a member of our team to discuss booking Charlie Gray for your virtual webinar, conventional event or private corporate workshop.
Q: How did surviving the 9/11 twin towers attack effect your mental health?
“At first, naturally, I was deeply troubled learning day after day that another friend or acquaintance had perished. I was told I suffered a form of PTSD known as guilt syndrome, but I found talking about my experience helped a lot.”
Q: What are the key signs you should look out for if you believe someone is struggling with mental health issues?
“I think people who suffer from mental health issues usually become introverted and don’t want to communicate much which probably makes it worse.”
Q: What more could companies do to address, and raise awareness of mental health in the workplace?
“I believe companies should have more open meetings not only about work issues but to encourage people to discuss personal problems.”
Q: Do you believe there is enough support out there for people suffering with mental health, especially in a COVID-19 world?
“Not at all - in these troubling times we are all experiencing at the moment more needs to be done for people that are struggling.”
Q: Why do you think men find it harder to discuss mental health issues?
“It’s probably a macho thing where men believe it makes them look weak and less manly to admit they are having problems that are affecting them mentally.”
Q: What is your favourite book and quote?
“Pillars of The Earth by Ken Follett is my favourite book.
“My favourite quote is “Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.” Sir Winston Churchill.”
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To book Charlie Gray as the mental health speaker at your event contact the Champions Speakers agency on 0207 1010 553 or email us at [email protected] for a free quote.